Saturday, January 31, 2015

MELISSA, VERNIE, CLAIRE, ABI

While at the Eaton Centre a few weeks ago in Toronto, Ontario, I was about to photograph the three friends, Melissa, Claire and Abi, when a random guy jumped in, wanting to be part of the photo!

The girls were totally fine with that, resulting in this fun image of the four of them! I find this often happens - people sometimes really let their guard down and have fun with this project.

FUN FACT: I have no fun fact for these people, but if you know them, share this with them!


PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Friday, January 30, 2015

ZHANG XINJUN

Xinjun is a multidisciplinary artist living in Beijing. Comfortable moving between drawing, painting, installation and video, this artist lives creativity. Like many emerging artists in China, life can be hard, so Xinjun works other jobs including assisting other, more established artists.

With an easy smile on a hot summer night, he speaks of his ideas and is ever watchful for anything inspirational. We sit outside a bar where yellow textured tiles, the kind one sees at the edges of a subway platform, are embedded in the concrete, forming a path to an empty covered room where video and audio responds to people’s movements. Its all about sensory immersion and pushing creative boundaries.

These are challenging visual concepts for most people in a conservative country to get their head around. But it is part of the changing artistic landscape in China, and Xinjun passionately works in that space.

He longs to go abroad to experience other countries, cultures and sources of  inspiration. But for now, he and the three other artists enjoy the hot summer night outside, laughing and talking of upcoming exhibitions and how they can help one another.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Thursday, January 29, 2015

GROUP HELLO!

A group of people in the TTC Subway Line at Dundas station gather to shout "Hello" before their train comes!

Please share this so that we can connect some of these people with the photo!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

DORA & "BOOTS"

Before the Toronto, Ontario "No Pants Subway Ride" this year, a large group of participants assembled at the Eaton Centre. Participants then boarded the subway and rode for several hours pretending nothing was afoot!

Two of the participants were Dora and "Boots". Please share this image and hopefully we can find someone who can tag them and get this photo to them!

After the event, a dance and club night raised money for charity and everyone, despite the bitter cold, had a great time.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

MATT BREWER

Matt is an information technology professional and entrepreneur specializing in network, operating systems and application security. I'm pretty sure that means he knows a thing or two about computers! 

In his youth he could be found either on a basketball court or pulled up in front of a computer. He currently resides in the Garden City of St. Catharines, Ontario where he enjoys small town life.


MATT FUN FACT: Never having used a power tool in his life, Matt recently purchased a home considered to be a "fixer-upper". When he's not working on his business, he's busy trying to master his power tools and working on his home!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

JERRY JULIEN

Born in North Bay and raised in Mississauga Jerry is an historian at heart. He can trace his family, on his mother’s side, directly back to Jean Côté in 1635 in Quebec. With such deep roots in Canada and his wandering spirit, it is not surprising he longs to load up the car and hit the open road. His ambition is to drive everywhere in North America and retire in a motor home. Bleeding red and white, you will never see him live anywhere other than his beloved Canada.

His warmth, infectious laugh, enthusiasm and people skills make him a natural for customer service. Being bilingual and a self-professed tech junkie, Fuji Canada is lucky to have him in their ranks for the past 4 years. 

When he’s not on the road for work, he can be found dropping in on the Fuji Tuesday camera group, enjoying his dog and bettering his golf game!


JERRY FUN FACT: Despite his Quebec roots, he is the black sheep of the family for cheering on Toronto sports teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs in winter and Toronto Blue Jays in the summer.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CRYSTAL LEE

A transplanted Vancouverite, Crystal now calls Toronto home. She has an English degree and a diploma in design and illustration. With her multidisciplinary design skills and a love of all things digital, she will no doubt leave her digital footprint in the interactive and creative design world.

Growing up, her childhood was spent playing in grandma’s garden, pretending to be Spiderman climbing walls and battling the forces of evil in lightsaber duels. Rarely content to do nothing, she is always working on something, or buried in a book in a galaxy far, far away.


CRYSTAL FUN FACT: Double-jointed and flexible, she is always a sure bet in limbo competitions and has helped friends unlock their cars by snaking an arm through a slightly open window.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Monday, January 26, 2015

SANDRA SIEMENS

Growing up in Baie Comeau, Quebec, Sandra spent her childhood living and playing outdoors with her brothers. Hunting for buried treasure from French explorers, tobogganing, skiing and even enjoying picnics in the winter prepared her for anything.

The family picked up and moved to Ontario where she attended Brock University to study German, French and Spanish. Her charm has warmed the Country of Brant library for the past 28 years. A friendly and curious woman, she loves the library job for the opportunity to connect with readers to hear what titles excited them and what authors transported them to literary destinations. Perks of the job: Checking out all the new titles!

Leisure time is often spent with grandchildren, reading and satisfying her love of travel. Sandra's wandering spirit has taken her to Europe many times as well as many destinations in Canada. However, she does have a few bucket list destinations still on her list including British Columbia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland.


SANDRA FUN FACT: A person of the people, Sandra blends effortlessly into her surroundings. As a young woman, she was an au pair in the south of France. People mistook her for German or Scandinavian. She unknowingly picked up the family accent. Loving her Canadian roots, she would proudly tell people of her rich Canadian background.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MURRAY SEARS

Two holes and a twitching line. That is how I met Murray Sears today. A man with sparkling blues eyes, just off shift from his 60’ spray booth where he paints garbage trucks for Fanotech Enviro in Huntsville, Ontario. 

He paces between his holes drilled through 18” of ice on small lake in Arrowhead Provincial Park. With an eagled-eyed watch over his ice fishing lines - filaments to the depths, he is determined to hook the large speckled trout that is his nemesis.

Murray, 58 has large, tough leathery hands used to an honest day’s labour. He enjoys what so many farther south work their lives for - balance. He is happy in his 60’ paint booth, and loves the solitude and quiet of the ice. We should all be so balanced.

MURRAY FUN FACT: Chuckling, Murray reveals, “Not many people know I ice fish. I find it really relaxing. I don't care if I don't catch anything.” He is new to this past time, taking it up only 6 years before with his son-in-law.

With that, he darts off, kneeling at a hole, feeling the tension on the silvery line, he knows he has been visited by that elusive trout!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN